Happy New Year! Looks like we’re still here, and we need to get on with it. As I’ve quoted before, if we want to meet our publisher, just look in the mirror. And hey, look after that guy – s/he’s your best friend, and is rooting for you (I hope!! If not, why not? :)).
So, I posted about this technique on my wizardgifts blog, here’s the gist: sit down at your computer after a cup of tea and some sustaining food and don’t get up again until you have written from the heart a message or open letter on some subject that you know about, are passionate about, and have a message about. A message that a group or class of people you care for deeply could benefit from hearing. Then edit it a bit, and upload it as a free ebook. (I can do that for you simply, see www.ebookuploader.com). I got the technique from Jason Fladlien – his one problem, one solution, one sitting method. I would add a link but I can’t find the exact page he said it, apart from a pitch to buy a whole package. if you find it, maybe add a link in a comment? He is an interesting young internet marketer – ex-hare-krishna monk, for a start.
So in wizardgifts I said:
“I went to bed about 3.30 AM, but I basically did it according to Fladlien’s Formula: one problem, one solution, one sitting. The last would have seemed a problem, but with that last cup of tea at dinner, the time flashed by, and I hardly noticed until it was ‘done’ – good enough for a first edition, to get some feedback, some FAQs, and some encouragement to go on and write Letters Two Three and beyond. All at the one sitting (each).
I recommend it as a way to break potential writer’s blocks, get stuff out there, and find out if it’s worth doing more.
I will now tweet it, and retire to the land i guess, encouraged, to edit the last volume of the 2000-page epic.
oh, yes overnight (from 3.30ish to now, about 7 hours, it has had over 100 views and 26 downloads on Smashwords. Not bad… It will be interesting to see what it does when it ‘hits’ Barnes & Noble, which happens when it is approved for ‘premium distribution’.
I have no idea what the nerds will think of it. Or their mothers. I hope they take it to heart, bitter though the message may be. It might just save some from a lifetime of beating their heads against the glass wall of an unrecognised Social order.
Also on Amazon (when they process it – always slower!), at 99cents, their minimum price apart from KDP Select free days, but you have to make it exclusive to do that, and that is just wrong, I think, and if too many do it they will be creating a monopoly for Amazon. Serve them right!
So, consider, if you hve a strong simple message burning in you and you want to get it out there, do as I have done. One problem, one solution, one sitting. Then upload that sucker, fearlessly.”
Oh yes, the link to my little book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270995
the cover (done in 30 minutes in Photoshop at 3 AM when i was uploading and realized i hadnt done a cover yet: